Advanced search

what shall I do with the three rather large sticks of rhubarb my fil has given me?

(41 Posts)
lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:06:30

Please bear in mind that there is only me who will eat it in the house so any suggestions must be freezeable...

tyvm in advance smile

lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:08:41

oh and where should I keep it between now and making something with it please? smile

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 12-Jul-13 13:10:37

Take the leaves off and keep it in the fridge.
You could make a crumble and freeze portions. Its enough for one family crumble.
Or a rhubarb compote is lovely - simmer it in orange juice and plenty of sugar until it just collapses. Fab for stirring into yogurt.

WildThongsHeartString Fri 12-Jul-13 13:15:38

old Scottish recipe

wash and cut into 6 inch pieces
put 1 cup of sugar into a brown paper bag
dip the damp rhubarb in the sugar
sook the sugar off the rhubarb

repeat until sugar is gone

throw away the rhubarb

I'm not joking!

lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:23:06

grin Wild, I seem to recall doing that when my dad had a rhubarb plant!

Crumble....why didn't I think of crumble! They'll eat the topping with me for pud...brilliant & I have a few small ramekin-ish dishes I could make myself mini ones in

SerBrienne Fri 12-Jul-13 13:36:58

Rhubarb and strawberry crumble is divine.

Or you could give them to the kids for 'swordfights'.

LeBFG Fri 12-Jul-13 13:41:09

Compote is best - nicely chilled in this weather. Yum. You can always add cream or vanilla ice-cream for some extra calories and/or sprinkle broken flapjacks/museli things on top for an alternative to crumble. Freezes of course superbly.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 12-Jul-13 17:53:00

It does freeze excellently, I try and save some for the winter to go in porridge.

daisychicken Fri 12-Jul-13 18:01:02

Stewed rhubarb.... eaten alone or with cream or with yoghurt - yum!

JamNan Fri 12-Jul-13 21:18:11

Stew it gently with orange juice, ginger (if liked) and sugar. Freeze in small portions. It's lovely with yoghourt, and on muesli/breakfast cereal or on its own. Makes lovely jam too.

Dollybird86 Fri 12-Jul-13 21:23:02

Rhubarb Eton mess! There a recipe on the river cottage website that's really good.

Makinglists Fri 12-Jul-13 21:24:56

Stew with sugar (lots) - cool and it with plain yoghurt - yum

Fragglewump Fri 12-Jul-13 21:41:27

At a good festival recently they used stewed rhubarb with lemonade to make a long refreshing drink. I might try it with fizzy wine!!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Fri 12-Jul-13 21:51:52

Another vote for rhubarb and strawberry crumble - absolute bliss!
Best crumble topping ever is Nigella's using sr flour and a high fat/sugar content - never fails.

Jenijena Fri 12-Jul-13 21:53:20

Rhubarb & ginger jam is lovely smile

lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 22:18:34

I half wish I hadn't many yummy things to do and I only have three sticks of the stuff! Wonder how hard it is to grow...

OhTiger Fri 12-Jul-13 22:23:12

It's super easy to grow! Planted a root thing from the garden centre a few months ago and it's massive. But a random passing gardener said I shouldn't cut it this year, it's first, or it will die. Is that true? Because I have a massive amount of tempting rhubarb that I can't use and it's really not fair!

MarjorieAntrobus Fri 12-Jul-13 22:32:35

I think it's really easy to grow. We have some, planted years ago and not by us, that just keeps on going and it is squeezed between the bonfire and the compost heap so not in the most salubrious place. I don't do anything to it, but every year I get a few crumbles worth of rhubarb from it.

No idea about the first year thing though.

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 16:16:27

Wonder if my dad might take me for a wander to a garden centre over the next few days....if they're not fussed where they go then I doubt a plant would mind being in my dodgy garden confused

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:15

could you ask them about the first year thing for me? smile

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:27

could you ask them about the first year thing for me? smile

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:41


lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 18:49:34

If I manage to convince my dad to take me I will find out....'tis unlikely though...he avoids spending much time with me confused

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 18:58:43

Have just text my dad to ask him about garden centre....he said no to this weekend for that but he has a plant in the garden, said yes you can cut it in first year, will just be a bit weak. But don't eat the leaves!

Hassled Sat 13-Jul-13 19:02:44

If you have a compost bin, the leaves are brilliant compost - they seem to have some secret magic properties which make everything around it rot down really well.

I think the first year thing might be rubbish - I'm sure I harvested my rhubarb the first year it grew.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: